The Saudi Organisation for Industrial Estates and Technology Zones, known as Modon, has said it plans to build four new industrial cities for working women. These industrial cities will be set up in Jeddah, Yanbu, Qassim and Al-Jouf.
Modon Oasis in Al Ahsa was the first industrial city built for working women.
The Central Department of Statistics and Information claim that Saudi women occupy only 13 percent of private and public jobs by nationals despite making up 51 percent of Saudi graduates.
Nawaf al-Dhabib, an expert at the Arab Society for Human Resources Management, states that: ‘It is not an accurate comparison to compare men and women graduates at this stage in our societal development. Many unemployed women graduates choose to stay at home. We need the official authorities to intervene in order to open up women’s employment to all sectors of the Kingdom.’
Experts claim that the low female working force in Saudi Arabia is because of social customs and inappropriate working conditions for female workers in some sectors.
These new industrial cities for women are to alleviate this problem.
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